Step-by-step guide: How to Upcycle a Jerry Can into Storage

Step-by-step guide: How to Upcycle a Jerry Can into Storage

  • Difficulty
    Medium

Introduction

Looking for a unique storage solution? Whether it’s for using on the go and out the house, or just for a cool storage set up, this upycled jerry can storage container is your next project! Using the Dremel Rotary Tool and a range of cutting, grinding, and drilling accessories, Mark’s step-by-step will guide you along to create the most unique storage container out there.

You need
  • Ruler
  • Masking tape
  • Fabric marker pen
  • Hinges
  • Clasp
  • Rivets and riveter
  • Inlay foam
  • Spray paint
  • Car door protector
L: Length, W: Width, H: Height, D: Diameter

Let's go - step by step

Step 1 8

Marking up

Mark out where the hardware will go on the jerry can using masking tape and a marker pen

It’s important to mark out where your hardware (hinges etc) are going to go, and where you want to make your cuts. Stick on some masking tape and use a marker pen to mark out the lines.

Note: Unless you have access to specialist cleaning equipment, use a new Jerry Can, or one that hasn’t had fuel in it. If you are not sure, don’t use it.

Step 2 8

Cutting the can open

Use the EZ SpeedClic Metal Cutting Wheel (SC456DM) to cut open the can, following the marked lines

Use the Dremel EZ SpeedClic Metal Cutting Wheel (SC456DM) and begin cutting open the front. Start with the straight lines, followed by the corners. Take your time and go slow. It may be helpful to begin with a very light pass to score the surface of the can, and then gradually get deeper.  For added safety, consider using the Dremel Comfort Guard attachment (550) to shield any sparks or debris.

Step 3 8

Tidy up the edges

Use the Aluminum Oxide Grinding Stone 9,5 mm (932) to smooth down the rough cut edges

Next, you will need to clean up the edges to achieve a nice snug fit when the door is closed. Use the Aluminum Oxide Grinding Stone 9,5 mm (932) to smooth down any rough edges.

Step 4 8

Add the hardware

Use the Precision Drill Bit Set (628) to create holes for the hinges & clasp

Drill the holes for the hinges and clasp using the Precision Drill Bit Set (628), and attach with Rivets. Test the fit of the car door edging to achieve best placement for the hardware.

Step 5 8

Insert foam

Cut around the shape of the jerry can in the foam

Cut around the shape of the jerry can in the foam. Trim down any excess foam to reach a nice snug fit inside, the foam should not move around.

Step 6 8

Add some colour

Spray paint the outside of the jerry can

Next, we need to spray paint the can. Follow the instructions on the spray can. Make sure you are painting outside or in a well ventilated area. Lots of thin coats are better than 1 thick coat. Allow to dry according to instructions on the spray can.

Step 7 8

Cutting out the objects

Place the objects on the foam and mark out their shape

Arrange the items that will be going into the can onto the surface of the foam. Once you have found the layout you like, mark out the shape or take a photo so that you can remember the placement. Then start cutting, ensuring to take time so the shape’s are accurate.

Step 8 8

Assemble

Insert the foam into the jerry can and add the objects

It’s time to assemble! Insert the foam and the chosen objects. You may also opt to decorate the can with stickers, or other design elements.